April 21, 1928 - January 25, 2013
Dr. Jan Jansonius, 84, of Calgary, passed away after a long illness at the Chinook Care Centre on January 25, 2013.
Jan is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Bettie, three children; Johannes, Paul (Diane), Corine (Eric) and three grandchildren; Brandon Johannes, Justin Jan and Ryan Paul. In February 1956 Jan, with his new bride, and a fresh Doctorate in Geology, left Holland and arrived in New York. On advice of job opportunity, they boarded a train to Alberta where Jan began his career with Imperial Oil, where he worked until retirement. Jan continued to pursue his passion in Palynology with volunteer work at Esso, and then the Geological Survey of Canada, where he continued to contribute until a sudden illness forced his move to a care facility in 2009. Jan's many contributions to the industry include the writing, editing and proofing of many papers and texts on paleontology, including his definitive work, The Genera File of Fossil Spores and Pollen, a work he was able to digitize and make more accessible just prior to his illness. In addition to his love for geology, Jan was a very active cyclist, he and his wife putting tens of thousands of kilometers on their bikes throughout South and Central Alberta; sang in the CPO Chorus, and was an avid gardener.
At Jan's request there will be no funeral service. Donations can be made in Jan's name to the Parkinson Alberta Society, www.parkinsonalberta.ca. Many thanks to the nurses and staff in the Chinook Park wing of the Chinook Care Centre, whose welcoming and compassionate care was very much appreciated by Jan and the family. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
In living memory of Jan Jansonius, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 1-800-661-1599
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